ANZ Retired Officers' Club (VIC)

NEWSLETTER 12th May 2012

Neville Pearson Peter Pritchard John Def Brown
Debbie Jerkovic Ron Adams
18 Browning Drive, 19 Albert Street PO Box 4056 24 Flowerdale Road PO Box 579,
Glen Waverley 3150 East Malvern 3145 Burwood East 3151 Glen Iris 3146 Malvern, 3144
Ph 98020187 Ph 95719406 Ph 98021810 Ph 98857276
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Gary Mason (Ph.95719575)
Eamon Veaney (Ph.94212830)
Joan Nathan (Ph.97408001)
John Stevens (Ph 94396664)


President Neville Pearson welcomed 42 members and our guest speaker Major Brendan Nottle and his two assistants Brad and Lauren from the Salvation Army to our 2012 Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal.

Secretary Peter Pritchard advised members of the apologies, bereavements and forthcoming meetings and also noted an addition to our committee as we have co-opted Noelene Noonan for the remainder of this year in preparation for changes to the committee in 2012/3.

Numbers were down due to members travelling overseas and interstate and a spate of apologies received due to sickness and employment commitments. There were only four of our lady members present. Dan Kirtley and Noelene Noonan were attending their first luncheon meeting and those not seen for a while or returning from holidays were Gordon Field, Neil Gladstone and Bob Heinemann.


Graeme Ainscough, Annette and Graeme Baldwin,Alma Barkell, Eric and Wendy Black, Robin Chase, Cedric Coxsedge, Alan Forrest, Nola Forsyth, David Gibb, Val Goldsworthy, Roy Harper, Frank Hatfield, John Hawkins, Rod Hill, Ron Horne, Wayne and Bernadette Hulbert, Doug Imrie, Con La Fauci, Jacqui Luckman, Ken McNutt, Geoff Meggs, Kevin Mitchell, Peter Nyga, Geoff Perdriau, Don Ranyard, Bill Robinson, Bruce Sanderson,  Peter Saville, David Schunke, Bruce Scott, John Stevens,  Jackie Waite, Glenda White,  Julie Wilkins



Riley                G.J. (Graeme)                ANZ            35 years

We look forward to seeing Graeme at one of our meetings.


Flynn                           K.J.(Kevin)                 4/5/2012                      84 years

Will Bailey emailed to say it was sad to read that his old "ledger" mate Kevin Flynn had passed away. He was a great guy and will be missed.

Henley                                     R.G. (Reg) 4/3/2012                         87 years.

Reg joined the RAAF in April 1942 in Melbourne and was discharged in Jun 1946 with the rank of Corporal at CSQ Laverton. He is survived by his wife Mary. Reg worked for the bank for 43 years, and met his wife Mary (nee Baker) at Elizabeth Street Branch. Mary also worked in the bank for 28 years.

Williams                      T.A. (Trevor) 21/4/2012                     75 years

Trevor joined ANZ in Launceston in 1955 and in 1962 transferred to Victoria. He went back to Hobart and Devonport in 1964/65 returning to Victoria in 1970 in various roles until his final appointment as Manager Asset Management in Melbourne Retail CBD retiring after 40 years service.


Members stood in remembrance of our past members Kevin, Reg and Trevor and our condolences are extended to family and friends.


Past President Kevin Mitchell representing ANZROC attended Bill Manning’s funeral service at Mt Martha at which there was a huge attendance. Kevin had a bit to do with Bill and his wife Jackie as they for many years in retirement used the Staff Club holiday units at Broadbeach. Bill and Jackie were also members of the McCrea Probus Club enjoying many trips away.



The following Honorary members will be enjoying a birthday during May and we pass on congratulations from our members for your birthdays: Eric Black (94), John Caudry (84), Lindsay Cayzer (90), Nola Forsyth, Jack Kilfoyle (88), Ian Lamont (92), Gordon Lyon (91), Joy MacDonald, David Maunder (85), Alan Podger (80), Terry Stapleton (82), Max Wehner (87), and Harold Woolcock (90).


From  1/5/2012                        less than $20,000         2.74%

Greater than $20,000   3.51%


Our Guest Speaker Major Brendan Nottle from the Salvation Army team in Melbourne heads up Salvation Army social operations at the Melbourne 614 Centre in Bourke Street. Brendan has spoken at our Red Shield Appeal previously and he is most knowledgeable about the problems of homelessness and the needy in the city .Brendan outlined the remarkable work that he and a team of young volunteers were doing in the city after midnight most nights of the week helping those young people suffering from problems linked to alcohol abuse, drug addiction, loneliness as well as assisting the homeless. This year Brendan introduced two of his young managers who are working with their teams late at night in the city.  Brad is responsible for the Salvation Army bus that operates in the city streets 4 nights a week helping young and old people with support and some sustenance and Lauren who manages a group of street teams that work in the city on Friday and Saturday evening from midnight providing support both emotional and practical for vulnerable young people. They both spoke about their roles and some of their anecdotes were rather unsettling as members were not fully aware of the serious issues faced by the young volunteers in our Melbourne streets.

Brendan also mentioned the support his team receives from BP Australia and Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle in placing unemployed people into part time employment and the co-operation he receives from the Victorian Police in their dealings with the less fortunate citizens.

It was a pleasure to be able to hand Brendan donations totalling $4,615.00 for the ongoing work within the Salvation Army and the committee  thanks our ANZROC members who so generously continue to support the work of the Salvation Army in Melbourne..



Neville was particularly pleased to hear from Ron Horne who apologized that he has not been able to attend our recent meetings. Ron does look forward to receiving the Newsletter which provides an opportunity to keep in touch with how his fellow bankers are getting along these days. We wish both Ron and Fay good health and look forward to seeing them at one of our future functions


Several past champions of the ANZ Basketball Club, ANZ friends and family joined John and Lois Vanselow at their joint 80th birthday celebration in the beautiful function room at Rossdale Golf Club. And what a magnificent afternoon it was, with a resplendent meal and wine selection and a trip down memory lane by the way of a fantastic slide show of family and “X” rated photos from the past. Many great tales from the past (at times a suspicion of embellishment??) were forthcoming and it was a fitting occasion for such a wonderful caring and loving couple who continue to live life to the full


During the month Neville visited Ron Cashin at the Broughton Lee Retirement Village and spent an hour reminiscing and generally enjoying themselves over a cappuccino. It was good to see that Ron had improved the mobility in his left arm through physio and exercise since the last visit in December. Ron passes on his best wishes to the members of ANZROC and enjoys visits from his past working mates


Neville then dropped in at the 40 Dorking Road Box Hill Hostel and spent half an hour chatting with Bob Nichol who was still enjoying the memories of his 100th Birthday last November and the Poem presented from the ANZROC. Bob enjoys visits from past banking friends




Will Bailey was delighted to receive the absolutely "on time" birthday card upon his birthday thanks to Kathy.  It was another "interesting" year which adds to life's experiences. Will and wife Dorothy had a terrific family birthday at the Geelong Club which was a joint celebration with their daughter, Merryn. She worked in travel in London and in 55 Collins Street, Health & Safety part of HR for a short time. Will’s highlight in the year was a new left hip in October - terrific outcome and he should have done it earlier! During the year they have spent many delightful weeks at their place in Noosa and visited Perth following their grandson's wedding in Esperance. In Perth Will and Dorothy were able to lunch with Kevin and Sue Watson and Lloyd and Jan Guthrie. It was great to catch up and relive past times together. It is sad to read of the passing of so many old friends during the past twelve months - we must be all getting older!

Alma Barkell writes to thank Kathy Trace for the kind wishes received on her birthday card and it was appreciated. It was a quiet but happy day. Alma is fortunate to be well again after a couple of falls which hurt her back and will now be able to come to our meetings in the city.

Robert [Bob] Bell emailing from Mollymook sends thanks for the good wishes for his recent birthday. Bob enjoys the monthly newsletter as it keeps him informed of what other retirees are doing. Bob and wife Carolyn continue to enjoy good health and living on the lovely South Coast of N.S.W. He manages a game of golf and 2 or 3 games of bowls each week. Bob is currently in his 8th year as Chairman of the Bowling Club, which can be quite time consuming. Bob and Carolyn are leaving in mid May for a 20 day cruise of the Mediterranean which they are very much looking forward to. They will also be spending a few days in Rome and London.

Wendy Bradley emailed her thanks for the birthday card and said she had a lovely relaxing day.

Luigi Bucello writing from Dalmore sends thanks for the birthday card which as usual arrived on time. Luigi has been busy negotiating with his insurance company following the theft of his car at Cranbourne. The car was not recovered but police believed it was taken for parts and would have been stripped by the time the theft was reported only an hour later. The insurance company is disputing payment of personal items as the loss was more than 100klms from his home. From September to December Luigi will be busy preparing for the next asparagus season and then coordinating the harvesting and processing of the asparagus for domestic and export markets.

Kim Charlton emailing from Cora Lynn sends his thanks for the ANZROC birthday greetings. It was waiting when Kim and wife Joy  got home from a couple of months travelling on the Eyre Peninsula catching heaps of blue swimmer crabs, fish, squid, even a big cuttlefish, although it seems Joy was the most successful angler.  It is a wonderful part of the country. They started at Ceduna and worked around to Port Germein, spending time at Venus Bay, Mt Camel Beach, Elliston, Locks Well, Port Lincoln, Lincoln National Park and Port Neill. Big salmon, at Mt Camel Beach in particular, proved no match for Joy. Their love of fishing and salt water is well served by the beautiful beaches and long jetties for which the Eyre Peninsula is renowned. The wake up call came when they arrived back in beautiful Gippsland to 17 degrees.

Graeme Croxford writing his thanks for the birthday greetings says he and his wife are returning to their little hobby farm in Harrietville as they have been missing the country life. Graeme says shifting his collection of sports cars has been the main hassle but thanks to a few mates they have almost accomplished the move.

Don Davy writes to record his thanks for the birthday card for his 68th.The good wishes were most appreciated. The day started with phone calls from family and close friends followed by lunch with colleagues from Electric Vehicles at a restaurant at Hallam as the guest of his employer. That evening he enjoyed dinner with his elder daughter and family at their home in Endeavour Hills and on the weekend joined his brother for a joint birthday celebration at home in Don’s newly renovated unit at Ferntree Gully.

Glynn Evans writing on his 84th thanked Kathy for the kind birthday  wishes and says he looks  back to 1949 when he was 21 years of age and employed as  Chauffer for the Union Bank of Australasia  351 Collins Street and the almost 40 years of happy days that followed.

Roy Harper reports that he will be travelling for a few weeks to Perth, Broome and Darwin returning to Melbourne in late May.

Graham Heenan emailing from Belmont says once again many thanks for the annual birthday wishes. As  Graham and wife Pam enjoyed good health for the past year  they confidently arranged a 10 week European trip. The major segments were a 15 day tour from Vienna down the Dalmatian Coast and Adriatic Sea to Dubrovnik and then a cruise from Copenhagen around the Baltic Sea (11 nights and 5 kilos!!), including  2 days in St. Petersburg which they  really appreciated. Graham and Pam then met their daughter and her Belgian husband who were living near Bruges, and during four weeks with them visited their son in-laws’ parents in Germany and together with another daughter and family who came across from Australia, went on a Canal boat cruise in the Alsace area in France for 5 nights – a wonderful time for the family. A four day stopover in Hong Kong on the way home made 19 countries in 10 weeks. They booked a lot of the trip on the internet which included train travel and accommodation from Vienna to Prague for 5 days and Copenhagen to Paris for 4 days – however all went well and they had a wonderful 10 weeks.

Laurie Holland sending his thanks for remembering another milestone, his 92nd, says don’t they come around quickly? Laurie and his wife are thankful that to date they are managing quite well in spite of the failings that come with ageing. They are well supported by their children and are thankful for that. Laurie takes interest in the newsletter and the news of former workmates.

Graeme Horsburgh emails that he received the Birthday card on the day and it is always welcomed. Daughter Adele, is still in China, (their second stint of three years), with her 4 sons until school year finishes at the end of June. They will then return to Mt Eliza, to join husband Jeff, who returned to Australia to take up his work appointment for Siemens in February. Last year, their 3rd son Thomas, had the distinction of being the first Australian to win a Table Tennis Gold Medal against 13 other schools in an annual Interschool Competition in the Beijing area. Adele has competed  in the Great Wall run , which includes 3500 steps, and the other boys have also competed in various school sporting events in Shanghai, Hong Kong , Taiwan, and other large Provinces closer to Beijing. They have lived a very active life in China with much improvement to the way of life for the Chinese and for the Expats since their first stay in 1999. In those days, Graeme’s wife Jenny, sent parcels, at a considerable cost, containing items not available in China such as vegemite, custard powder, snack foods and muesli bars. Graeme and Jenny have 5 other grandchildren and looking forward to having all the family together again for the usual celebrations. Once again they have booked in at Peregian Beach for their July/August holidays. It was good to catch up with Senior Vice President John McPhee in Coolum during holidays.

Ray Murphy emailed that it was with regret that he learned of the passing of Bill Manning .They had a very close relationship in the Scottie years particularly 1961 to 1967 when Bill was Agency Officer Broadway attached to Portman St Oakleigh Branch and he later became Bill Clerk when Ray was Accountant. Ray later caught up again with him in Bill’s first branch management appointment to Cressy. Bill was a good friend and an excellent worker and will be sadly missed.

President Neville Pearson emails thanks to  Kathy and members of the committee for the  good wishes on his  Birthday .The last year was planned to be a nice relaxing time at home, spending more time with Neville and wife Cheryl’s  5 grandchildren as well as ANZROC duties and some overdue maintenance around the home. Flicking through their diary to see where the year went brought back some lovely memories. The highlight was a 3 week cruise on the Norwegian Jade around the Mediterranean (East and West) in April 2011 and then a week in magnificent Barcelona. Due to troubles in Egypt, the Egyptian leg was substituted by the cruise company for a cruise to Istanbul and that was a fascinating city. Neville and Cheryl actually sailed from Istanbul on Anzac Day with the ship sailing extremely close to land as they cruised past Anzac Cove and surrounding Beaches of Gallipoli. The New Zealand and Australians on board were given the run of the highest and best viewing Bar on the ship. They had excellent views of the cliff top memorials, beaches and sand dunes of Anzac Cove and surrounding beaches. A short service was given by one of the Aussies and the day was a precious and moving experience .Five weeks caravanning in Tasmania (what absolutely beautiful beaches and forests), several shorter golf and social holiday breaks to Howlong (3 visits, golf and fishing), Mansfield (ANZROC weekend), Rich River golf and another trip to Echuca with relatives from Ireland (took them for lunch on the Echuca paddle steamer ‘Emmy Lou’ as well as the usual sightseeing spots around Vic). Trips to Merimbula (Week of Golf tournament), terrific Jazz Festival Halls Gap (took caravan), Music Festival Mildura (took van) and several trips to Gippsland/Sandy Point/Yarram. Competition squash and Tennis and social Golf and bike riding with Cheryl, all of which Neville enjoys, kept him reasonably fit. He hopes this year will be more restful .Neville sincerely thanks all members for their communications and support they have given ANZROC and him during the year. Greatly appreciated.

Dianne Reardon emailed her many thanks to Kathy Trace for the birthday card which was received on the day. Dianne had a lovely day celebrating with a lunch and a family dinner.

Gregory Scollo emails that it is a great pleasure to be remembered by working colleagues on his birthday, it gives that sense of belonging and be still a part of a team. Gregory received the card on the same day that he arrived in Townsville where he and his wife Maria spend the winter months every year, Although it is still a bit to warm in North Queensland, it is very pleasant and relaxing, enjoying the evening walk on the Strand along the beautiful beach, and to sit al fresco at a coffee bar in front the Ocean sipping an espresso coffee and enjoying an Italian gelato.

Life is very enjoyable at present, and although age is advancing Maria and Gregory are trying to get the best out of it, as long it lasts.

Syd Swaby emailed that he spent his 70th birthday celebrating with family members and some noisy grandchildren. Syd’s birthday card went astray in the post but he was philosophical about it and reported that on recent experiences with Australia Post he was not surprised it is lost. Last week  he received a Christmas card returned “no street". It had been sent to friends in Box Hill Victoria. Examination of return sticker and another number written on envelope indicated it had been to Box Hill Wiltshire England and back.

June Thompson thanked members for the good wishes on her birthday and she enjoyed celebrating the event with friends on the occasion.

Roger Thompson emailed a note of thanks for the birthday card he received that was appreciated. Since joining ANZROC Roger has enjoyed reading the newsletters and catching up with ANZ news and also noting some of the familiar names mentioned. He hopes to get to one of the club functions in the not too distant future and catch up with some old work colleagues. On the schedule this year for Roger and wife Leanne is some overseas travel (Bali in July and Canada in September), more golf lessons and plenty of caravanning.

Past President John Vanselow emails his thanks for his Birthday Card prepared by Kathy which arrived on time for his 80th Birthday. John and wife Lois celebrated their  joint 80th Birthdays at Rossdale Golf Club where he has  been a member for 51 years and Lois 40 years, both playing and committee members. They enjoyed a delicious lunch, music, and a wonderful afternoon with family, extended family and friends with whom they have maintained a continuous relationship for up to 70 years from scouting days, banking, golf and in retirement. Family came from Qld, NSW, ACT and country Victoria. Daughters Debbie and Julie prepared a PowerPoint presentation containing lifelong memories of family, holidays overseas and within Australia, parties, and many photos of their association with the Bank, ANZ Staff, Basketball and Retired Officers' Clubs. This also includes Lois's association with ANZ Ladies Club. Times they cherish and will forever remember. John and Lois thank everyone for all the good times they enjoyed over 43 years service and 21 years as a member of ANZ ROC.

Keith Westaway emailing from Glenmaggie says many thanks for the birthday greetings. The past year has been reasonable on the health front with little to complain about other than the usual aches .Keith and wife Alison recently enjoyed a 14 day cruise to New Zealand on the Dawn Princess and the sea air seemed to do wonders for them.

Harold Woolcock writing from Indented Head on his 90th to thank Kathy Trace for the birthday wishes says he does not know where the last 90 years have gone. The day was celebrated at lunch at the Portarlington Golf Club with 36 family members, 2 great grandchildren and 11 locals. The guests came from interstate and country Victoria to wish Harold a happy 90th.Harold and wife Sylvia had trips to Tasmania and Dandenong Ranges for granddaughters’ weddings during the year. Both weddings were a huge success. Harold’s golfing days are over but he still gets to Probus meetings where he is a Foundation member. Harold and Sylvia like to read the newsletters and look back on their many trips overseas and across Australia and there are still names they recognise in the newsletter.

Brian Wrigley emails that he was very sorry to hear of the passing of Bill Manning. Brian was Acct/Teller at Bayswater with John Caudry then Alf Sadler. When the branches merged he went over the road to work under Bill's leadership. Bill is still remembered by a number of Brian’s Colac Legatee acquaintances’ who live in the Cressy district.


AND Rosemary Callanan, Diane Carew, Alan Chapple, John Gibb, Rod Hill, Gordon Kennedy, Des Kidd, Barry Kilmartin, Dan Kirtley, Ian Manley, Serge McIntyre, Kirk McNamara, Jim Nicolson, Tony Palmer, Max Pleydell, Tony Pompilio, Dennis Rice, Ronald W Smith, Geoff Stillman, Terence Talbot, John C. Taylor, John Winders,





The next golf day for ANZROC members and their partners at Latrobe Golf Club, Farm Road, Alphington is on Monday 4 June with an 8am shotgun start. To date we have received 24 entries and would like to build the numbers to at least 30 golfers. Latrobe is the closest Private golf club to the city, surrounded on two sides by the Yarra River, and with five billabongs, there is plenty of water to appreciate and avoid. The course is built on river flats, so while the course has many subtle undulations, it is not hilly.

The cost will be $66 including green fees and a sit down meal for lunch. Latrobe members will pay $21 for meal only.

The entry form is attached, but for further information you can contact John Brown by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Phone 9802 1810,

or Eamon Veaney by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and Mobile 0411021449.


Golfers please also diarise that the Traralgon tournament this year will be held on 22nd November 2012 and details will be available in September.



A selection of photos have been loaded onto the ANZROC website photo gallery that may be of interest to you.

The most recent additions to the web site are the photos of the luncheon at 100 Queen Street with members of the Salvation Army team


Here also is the link to the latest anz world magazine



The May/June offer from APT of a tour of the Kimberley’s is outlined below for you to consider

13 Day Kimberley Complete

OFFER: Receive $800 per couple Air Credit when you book a 13 day Kimberley Complete 4WD Experience

ANZROC Price $6,878 per person, twin share*. (Normal price from $7,395)

For selected departures in June to October 2012

Book by 30 June 2012

Discover the stunning gorges, waterfalls and national parks that make this region one of Australia's most loved. Travel along the Gibb River Road making your way to the impressive Mitchell Plateau. Cruise the Ord River and explore the beehive domes in World Heritage listed Purnululu National Park, home of the Bungle Bungle range

Best 4WD adventure through the Kimberley with more two nights stays


• Exclusive! Stay 6 nights at APT’s 3 Wilderness Lodges

• Guided walk to Mitchell Falls

• Guided walks to view rarely seen

• Bradshaw (Gwion) and Wandjina Aboriginal art

• 2 nights at Drysdale River Station

• Explore Windjana Gorge • Wade through Tunnel Creek

• Cruise Geikie Gorge

• Ord River Wildlife Cruise

• El Questro Wilderness Park

• Hike amongst the Bungle domes

For more information, call 1300 204 588 or visit *Conditions apply. Prices are correct as at 4 May 2012. Prices are per person, twin share and include savings where applicable. Book by 30 June 2012. Offers are not combinable, are available on new bookings only and subject to availability. Offers may be withdrawn at anytime. Payments made by credit card may incur a surcharge. See APT’s Kimberley Wilderness Adventures 2012 brochure for full terms, conditions & itineraries. All fares are in Australian currency. Bonus $800 Air Credit offer: Airfare must be booked by APT. Credit cannot be redeemed for cash and is not transferrable. $800 air credit is for per couple. Offer valid until 30 June 2012 subject to availability and cannot be combined with any other offer. A non-refundable $200 per person deposit is due within 7 days to confirm booking.



July 12th Greensborough RSL meeting

August 23rd Cooking Demonstration with Wolf Damschitz at Tooronga Village

September13th Ballarat visit

October 11th Waltzing Matilda Hotel 856 Heatherton Road Springvale visit

November 22nd Golf tournament at Traralgon




Mr. Phil Chronican CEO ANZ Australia will be our guest speaker at 833 Collins Street and he will talk to us about ANZ and  the Australian market.

Please note that members are able to bring their partners to hear Phil Chronican but

we already have bookings for 44 members and partners for this function and the limit for the meeting is 80 people.


I will be contacting those members that in April expressed interest in attending the event   to confirm that they re still able to attend and collect the $20.00 contribution.


If you are interested in attending let Peter Pritchard know and he will arrange for payment and if necessary organise names tags for the day and if there are more than the 80 applicants he will set up a waiting list. Peter’s contact numbers are Phone 95719406 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

ANZ have also agreed to host a tour of part of the building but numbers are restricted .There are a few places available so let Peter know if you wish to take the tour.

For catering and organisation purposes the cut off date is 4th June. .

The details for those that are attending on the day are as follows:



By Tram to Collins Street and catch No. 11 or 48 trams to the end of the line where the        ANZ complex at 833 Collins Street is the last stop.

By Train to Southern Cross Station and then catch No11 or 48 trams in Collins Street            and travel to the end of the line where the ANZ complex at 833 Collins Street is the    last stop.



Members with Photo ID cards should bring along these ID cards to minimize workload at     the Concierge desk and for those who do not have the photo ID cards a name tag will be             prepared.

The registration process would be as follows:

  • a final guest list will be sent to 833 Collins Street to be checked off on the day.
  • there will be no need for guests to Register at Main Reception
  • Guests may proceed directly to Core C Conference Suites Reception
  • if members can wear their ANZROC ID Card  this will suffice
  • a name tag for each guest that has no ID Card will be prepared
  • Kathy Trace and Ron Adams will assist with Registration at the Core C Reception Desk, to check-off guests and issue name tags.



11. 30 am - 12 noon         Registration

12 noon-     1 pm             Lunch served in Conference Suite for all attendees

1pm                                Phil Chronican, CEO ANZ Australia will address  members

1.45pm                            Members listed for tour will depart

Drinks will be available in the Conference Suite

Completion of visit at 2.00pm




Ron Adams

Newsletter Editor